UCLA’s Steve Alford hasn’t spoken to LiAngelo Ball, focused on remaining Bruins – Orange County Register

LOS ANGELES — Steve Alford saw the media reports right before practice on Monday. That’s how the UCLA head coach found out LiAngelo Ball would be leaving the school at his father’s urging.

Then he carried on with practice. It was a “great practice,” he would say one day later.

Ball’s sudden departure is just the latest in a string of early-season distractions for the Bruins. They’ve played eight games without the sharp-shooting guard and fellow freshmen Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, compiled a 7-1 record heading into Wednesday’s game against Montana (5-3) at 8 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion, and don’t plan to slow down after this week’s additional drama.

“They’ve been able to not listen to noise, not listen to distraction, just really focus on individually, collectively getting better,” Alford said. “So I don’t know if there’s an adjustment, we just keep moving forward.”

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